Prof. Fermanich educates at NEW Water and NASA announcement

UW-Green Bay Professor Kevin Fermanich talks water quality at announcement

On May 30, 2019, NEW Water announced a partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to further the scientific knowledge of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. As part of their announcement, UW-Green Bay Prof. Kevin Fermanich (NAS) helped educate area leaders on water issues impacting Northeast Wisconsin.

In the photo, left to right: Prof. Kevin Fermanich, UW-Green Bay; Sarah Bartlett, Water Resources Specialist, NEW Water; Nancy Quirk, General Manager, Green Bay Water Utility; Tom Sigmund, Executive Director, NEW Water; Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich. Photo provided by the City of Green Bay.

“What happens on the land directly impacts water quality,” said Fermanich. “Our work in the watershed actively addresses the runoff issues that lead to water problems in the Bay. Through strategic partnerships, we will be able to achieve healthier waters for the community to enjoy.”

NEW Water was selected to partner with NASA due to its well-established Aquatic Monitoring Program, which has monitored area waters since 1986. NASA’s AERONET-OC instrument referred to as the SeaPRISM is mounted at one of NEW Water’s monitoring stations. To “ground truth” the water color measured by NASA satellites, data is collected at the surface of a body of water.

Learn more: Photos below provided by NEW Water.

NEW Water Bay Guardian Workboat[1]
NEW Water Bay Guardian
Water testing, NEW Water



NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium scholarship opportunities for students

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium is offering two scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students demonstrating an interest aerospace, space science or other interdisciplinary space-related studies:

— STEM Bridge Scholarship
— Undergraduate Scholarship (Two-year institutions)

Applications are due Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Questions can be directed to the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium office.

Local news taps Space Grant expert here for national meeting

We told you last week about the big-name NASA scientists who are in Green Bay this week as part of the National Space Grant Directors meeting, hosted by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (headquartered here on campus). NBC 26 took advantage of this first-ever Midwest meeting for the national group, catching up with NASA’s Frank Six of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to talk about space junk. Debris from a dead satellite could enter Earth’s atmosphere as soon as Friday, though Six said getting hit by the stuff is extremely unlikely. You can watch the story here.

For more on the national meeting, see the full news release.